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Mr. Food 11/20/13

This Thanksgiving, bring a whole new twist to your table with these three brand new side dish recipes that we've turned from traditional to exceptional with just a few new ingredients. If you're looking for a change of pace this holiday season, you've come to the right place!
Caramelized Sweet Potatoe
Serves: 6
Cooking Time: 35 min
What You'll Need:
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 (29-ounce) cans sweet potatoes, drained and mashed 
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 bananas, coarsely mashed
1/4 cup light brown sugar
What To Do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Coat a 3-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except bananas and brown sugar; mix well then spoon into casserole dish.
Spoon bananas evenly on top, then sprinkle with brown sugar.
Bake 35 to 45 minutes, or until heated through and sugar is caramelized.
Kickin' Acorn Squash
Serves: 6
Cooking Time: 50 min
What You'll Need:
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 acorn squash, tops cut off, cut in half, seeds removed, cut into 2-inch chunks 1/4 cup jalapeno pepper jelly
1/4 cup maple syrup
What To Do:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine oil, salt, and pepper; mix well.
Add squash to oil mixture; toss to coat.
Place on rimmed baking sheets and bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until tender.
In a large bowl, combine jelly and syrup. Add squash and toss until evenly coated. Serve immediately.
Cranberry Peacan Relish
Yields: 3 cups
Preparation Time: 10 min
What You'll Need:
1 seedless orange with peel left on, cut into large chunks 
1 apple, cored and cut into large chunks
2 cups fresh cranberries 
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup pecansWatch to how to make a Pecan Pie
What To Do:
Place all ingredients in a food processor that has been fitted with its metal cutting blade.
Process 1 to 2 minutes, or until finely chopped and thoroughly mixed, scraping down sides of container as needed.
Serve immediately, or transfer to an airtight container and chill until ready to serve.
Notes There's no need to peel the oranges, 'cause we actually want bits of peel in this relish. And if you want to use frozen cranberries, make sure to thaw them before processing.
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